DCRA's Corporations Division serves as the Office of Corporate Registrar for the District of Columbia. The Corporations Division registers all entities, domestic (DC) or foreign (non-District) that conduct business in the District of Columbia.
This is the first step in business regulatory compliance. This registration is separate and must be done before entity applies for a business license, permit, tax registration or any other registration within the District.
If you would like to operate in the District of Columbia as a nonprofit and for-profit corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, general cooperative association, limited cooperative association and statutory trust you must register with Superintendent of Corporations of Corporations Division of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.
The following is the list of entities by type that are subject to mandatory registration: (for more information, please, click on each entity type)
- Limited Liability Companies including Professional Limited Liability Companies
- Business Corporations including Professional Corporations and Benefits Corporations
- Nonprofit Corporations
- Limited Partnerships including Limited Liability Limited Partnerships
- Limited Liability Partnerships
- General Cooperative Associations
- Limited Cooperative Associations
- Statutory Trusts
In addition to Corporate Registration If you would like to operate in the District using trade name (“doing business as” name) then said trade name must also be registered with Superintendent of Corporations of Corporations Division of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. This registration is required for all registered (LLCs, corporations, etc.) and unregistered (sole proprietorship, general partnership, unincorporated nonprofit association, etc.) organization types.
Superintendent of Corporations of Corporations Division of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs also acts as the Mayor’s Agent for Service of Process for businesses that are defunct, or fail to maintain an agent in the District or are operating in the District.